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Monday, March 19, 2018

Tarkan's Strange Sunday Share

Posted by Kaya Turan from Rochester, UK

Tarkan posted on social media yesterday to wish his followers a "happy Sunday" with a seemingly hastily pasted photoshop of a generic background used on a 2016 Finnish record.

Some Turkish celeb sites ran with the story of Tarkan's "Sunday pose" attracting interest on social media, with nearly 200,000 likes and nearly 2,000 comments under his share.

The photograph of Tarkan shares the same grey background as some of his recent promotional pictures distributed by sponsor fizy for his tenth studio album, but he looks younger. His image has been amateurishly pasted on to a grunge background, possibly a template taken from a stock photo site such as Depositphotos, with his face covering the watermark.

The background has been used on Finnish Olli Virtaperko's 2016 concerto "Romer’s Gap", commissioned by the Turku Music Festival. Turku is the oldest city in Finland. Its name originates from an Old East Slavic word meaning "market place".

Even more strange, is that the share was posted on an important day in the Turkish calendar, but the megastar chose to make no mention of a World War I milestone for Turkey.


A New Zealand exhibition opened to the public in 2015.

Sunday was 18 March, an important anniversary for Turkish people, and it's surprising that Turkish pop's megastar seemingly chose to slight the national commemorations.

To understand the significance of the day in history, on its 100th anniversary New Zealand's History Curator Michael Fitzgerald explained:

On this day in 1915, Turkish defenders won a great victory over a British and French naval fleet which was trying to force its way through the Dardanelles, the narrow strait separating the Gallipoli Peninsula from mainland Asia ... The attack was the brainchild of Winston Churchill, then political head of the Royal Navy. He had a very poor opinion of Turkish soldiers’ fighting ability ... But Churchill and the British and French admirals were in for a shock. This was a major defeat for the British and French navies, which continues to be commemorated on March 18 each year in Turkey as ‘Canakkale Victory and Martyrs’ Day’ - remembering the brave men whose guns and mines defeated the invading fleet (Canakkale is the Turkish name for Gallipoli)."

The Gallipoli battle also marked the rise of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, who served there as an officer. When the British and French invasion failed by sea, around one million troops, including many Australians and New Zealanders, participated in trench warfare in Gallipoli.

It is regarded as a defining moment in the history of unifying the Turkish people to the imminent collapse of its empire, as well as a milestone in laying the foundations of a sense of national identity for Australia and New Zealand.

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